Daily Archives: December 28, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  It’s The Law

Baxter Black, DVM:  It’s The Law

There is a state law on the books in Colorado that makes it illegal for a sheepherder to abandon his sheep without notice.

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Manage winter costs with least-cost rations

Manage winter costs with least-cost rations

W. Travis Meteer


Feed costs represent more than half the total cost in cow-calf production. Most feed costs are involved in feeding cows in winter when most grasses are dormant. Therefore, producers can greatly impact their profitability by managing winter feed costs.

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UC-Davis studying gene editing in cattle

UC-Davis studying gene editing in cattle

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The University of California, Davis Department of Animal Science recently acquired two Holstein bull calves that are genetically polled as a result of gene-editing techniqes. Researchers at the university plan to raise the calves to maturity and mate them to multiple Holstein cows to measure the effects of the gene-edited trait on their progeny.

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Rabies In Cattle-Yes, It Happens

Rabies In Cattle-Yes, It Happens


When rabies is mentioned, it often conjures classic images from movies of an infected animal running rabid. While this viral disease seems far from concern, particularly in domestic animals, recent events suggest it is a bigger problem than traditionally thought.

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Feed bunk management facts improve efficiency

Feed bunk management facts improve efficiency

Beef Producer

In a time of cheap corn prices and volatile cattle markets, focusing on effective management techniques – like feed bunk management – can improve efficiency and help producers make the most of already tight margins. Iowa State University extension program specialist Erika Lundy said that’s why the center has revised the existing fact sheet, Feed Bunk Management.

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BeefTalk: Winter Solstice, Spring Breeding

BeefTalk: Winter Solstice, Spring Breeding

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

I like to ponder, and right now I am pondering about the day with the least amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. This is important because of the profound impact light has on all of us. Light is central to discussions about how and when living things reproduce and grow, for some much more than others.

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From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Niño

From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Niño


Wall Street Journal

Two thousand of Troy Setter’s dark-haired cattle have been trekking along centuries-old paths through isolated Australian farmland, chomping on grass and roadside vegetation to fatten up before slaughter.

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Iowa Beef Industry Council Announces Award Winners

Iowa Beef Industry Council Announces Award Winners

CBC Online

The Iowa Beef Industry Council recognized six different individuals at their year end, Beef Quality Assurance Awards during the Iowa Cattle Convention. BQA Feedyard Award recipients, Justin and Amber Reiter of Bernard, own and operate R Land and Cattle LLC with an attention to detail that ensures the highest quality beef produced from healthy cattle.

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How many heifers do you need?

How many heifers do you need?

Carl Dahlen

Farm and Ranch Guide

A lot has been made about low commodity prices and farmers responding by holding onto grain until prices return to more profitable levels. The same can be said for the livestock industry as cattle producers are choosing to hold back replacement heifers on their ranches this year because of dropping beef prices.

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Tips On Keeping Beef Cattle Warm, Healthy In Inclimate Weather

Tips On Keeping Beef Cattle Warm, Healthy In Inclimate Weather

Lawton Constitution

El Nino has provided cattlemen with plenty of soil moisture, wheat pasture, pond water and a good supply of hay for overwintering their livestock. However, rain falling on exposed cattle backs in freezing or near-freezing temperatures drains energy and body warmth rapidly from cattle turned out in pastures and fields without any shelter.

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